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West Indies v South Africa
Grenada, 10 April 2007

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South Africa 356-4 (50 ovs) bt West Indies 289-9 (50 ovs) by 67 runs

By Jamie Lillywhite

Brian Lara
Lara shared 50 with Sarwan before chopping on off Kallis

West Indies saw their World Cup dreams all but ended after a crushing 67-run defeat against South Africa in Grenada.

AB de Villiers hit 12 fours and five sixes in a magnificent 146, sharing 170 with Jacques Kallis (80) as the Proteas amassed 356-4 after being put in.

Herschelle Gibbs and Mark Boucher added a devastating 86 from six overs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan hit a defiant 92 from 75 balls, sharing 50 with Brian Lara, and Daren Powell hit three late sixes but the hosts could only manage 289-9.

Despite losing Shiv Chanderpaul to a routine catch at mid-off in the third over, the Windies were 25 runs ahead at the 10-over mark thanks to a 60 stand between Chris Gayle and Devon Smith.


They were even 13 in front after 25 overs but by that stage five batsmen were back in the hutch.

Smith, the Grenadan native, gave the crowd some encouragement with some attractive strokes before he was caught low at square cover.

In the next over Gayle failed to break out of cruise control and was short of his ground when Ashwell Prince's direct hit from mid-wicket typified the difference between the teams.

AB de Villiers
De Villiers opted for the aerial route on several occasions

Lara, with only one half-century in the competition, made 21 before edging into his stumps in the 20th over.

There was time for Sarwan to strike three successive boundaries off Graeme Smith to bring up the 200 in the 34th.

Eight short of his first World Cup century a tired looking drive was gleefully pouched at mid-off and after some robust late blows from tailender Daren Powell, the match ended with sombre toots on distant conches.

The importance of the match to both teams resulted in a hesitant start after Lara again chose to field.

It was the fourth time Lara has won the toss in this tournament and on each occasion he decided to bowl, with only one win against Zimbabwe to justify it.

Corey Collymore, one of three changes by the Windies in last-chance saloon, bowled two wides in the first over but dismissed Smith when the captain charged down the pitch and edged with a wild hoick.

Kallis, victim of some criticism of his style of play, immediately looked like a man with a point to prove.

His first boundary was a calypso-style whip off his pads and he shuffled across his stumps or backed away to leg with equal fluidity.

Kallis backed away to skew Dwayne Bravo for four but found the middle of the bat with a similar shot for six as 18 came from his first over.

After 50 came in the second powerplay segment of five overs, the runs dried up as West Indies delayed taking the final one.

Ramnaresh Sarwan hits out
Sarwan lofts a six during his determined innings of 92

Bravo was unlucky not to have revenge on Kallis when he was 40, as keeper Denesh Ramdin failed to snare an edge standing up to the stumps.

De Villiers should have been run-out twice in a few deliveries, firstly on 34 when he took a single having hit straight to Chris Gayle at short mid-off, the languid Jamaican failing to collect the ball.

Then he pushed to extra-cover but Devon Smith, although he gathered cleanly, could not hit the target.

Kallis could also have been run out prior to reaching his seventh World Cup fifty, pushing audaciously a fraction to the right of Bravo, who also failed to hit from close in.

Gayle turned one to oust him but Gibbs ensured the runs would continue to flow freely.

When de Villiers succumbed to cramp, Smith was sent out as a runner, but the opener decided to spare his captain from running altogether and hit sixes instead.

Clearly in pain, he managed to swipe four sixes in five balls against the spin of Gayle and Sarwan.

One shot was played on one foot over extra cover for six, after which he collapsed like a man with a broken leg falling out of a wheelchair.

Finally, he was caught at backward square but if anything the runs then came at an even greater rate.

Whether Lara forgot the final powerplay or not, it was finally taken after 44 overs - and met with a fresh onslaught of boundaries, 77 coming in that five over period.

Gibbs despatched two full tosses from Ian Bradshaw for six and the hapless left-armer then dropped him when a slice off Collymore descended out of orbit at backward point.

Boucher brought up the 300 with a straight six from another low full pitcher from Bradshaw and recorded fifty from 22 balls, the third fastest in a World Cup, as four sixes came in the penultimate over from Powell.


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